FOA Virtual Hands-On Training
Fiber Optic Termination
|Step 1 NEXT BACK||Getting Ready|
You will need:
Connector Adhesive Curing Oven
Step 2 - Examine Connector Construction
Step 3 - Stripping the Cable
Step 4 - Preparing the Epoxy
Step 5 - Applying the Connector to the Fiber
Step 6 - Scribe and Polish
Step 7 - Visual Inspection - Microscope
Step 8 - Test the Connector
Step 9 - The Quiz
The first step in terminating optical fiber is to gather all the tools you will need and arrange them for easy use. It helps to be working in an area that has good light and is not dusty.
If you are using a curing oven to cure the epoxy in less than 10 minutes, you will need power, either AC or the optional battery, also. If you plan to let the epoxy cure overnight, you will need a place to keep the cable away from handling.
Next, get all your consumables ready. In our training courses, we start with a 2 meter (or 6 foot) ST to ST cable with 62.5 multimode fiber. This allows us to test it first to make certain both connectors are good, then cut it in half and terminate the cut ends. This allows us to test the connectors as soon as we make them.
If you use a unterminated cable, we recommend a 3 mm jacketed simplex or zipcord cable so you learn how to terminate cable with strength members properly. And before you start stripping raw cable, tie a knot in the end to keep the fiber and kevlar strength members from pulling out when you try to strip the fiber.
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